Found on Dawson Street in the very heart of Dublin City, the Royal Irish Academy promotes scholarship and learning in science and the humanities. It is home to one of Ireland's premier research libraries, with a range of activities and collections.
The Royal Irish Academy, the academy for the sciences and humanities for the whole of Ireland, will vigorously promote excellence in scholarship, recognise achievements in learning, direct research programmes and undertake its own research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage.
It will reflect upon, advise on and contribute to public debate and public policy formation on issues of major interest in science, technology and culture.
It will continue to offer an independent forum to Irish scholars, it will provide a network of support for scholarly disciplines through its network of national committees and commissions, it will maintain and enhance its unique library, it will publish scholarly papers and it will represent the world of Irish learning internationally.
Additionally, the Royal Irish Academy Library is one of Ireland’s premier research libraries. It manages major manuscript, book, pamphlet and drawings collections. The library offers comprehensive access and outreach programmes, facilitates master classes and visits, holds exhibitions and lecture series and publishes on the collections.